September 3, 2015 - 10:24 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A semi and a pickup were damaged in an accident near Sioux Center on Tuesday, September 1st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:29 am on Tuesday, 31-year-old Shannon Schuller of Orange City was driving a 2000 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a tank-trailer eastbound on a service road of Siouxland Energy Livestock Cooperative, two miles west of Sioux Center. Thirty-one-year-old Brian Newman of Wolcottville, Indiana was driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota eastbound on the service road beside Schuller. According to the report, Schuller turned right and struck Newman.

The Peterbilt and Dodge both received $10000 damage.

No injuries were reported

September 2, 2015 - 5:26 pm - Posted in News

Demco Sign 1Boyden, Iowa — We told you last week about a layoff at Dethmers Manufacturing, commonly known as Demco, in Boyden.  Demco officials have now given us more information on that situation.

According to a release from Demco, a significant drop in demand for some of their products, mostly agricultural, forced them to make adjustments to their staff, effective Wednesday, August 26th.  The release describes the situation as a permanent layoff of approximately ten percent of their workforce in various departments.

Demco says they greatly value every staff member, including those involved in the layoff, and strive to keep all employed when market conditions support it.  They say they will continue to do everything they can to retain their current workforce, while maintaining a company position that supports the community and needs of their customers.

September 2, 2015 - 3:26 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — It’s time for the annual Sheldon celebration.
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Celebration Days activities get underway Thursday, September 3rd, with a dramatic production. Sheldon Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke says the curtain rises at 7:30 PM.

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. She says the festivities continue on Friday night.

Again, that free movie will be at City Park, starting at 8 PM.
Activities continue on Saturday, featuring the Mini Rod Tractor Pulls and Dualing Pianos. Sunday’s activities feature a Classic Car Cruise. Many activities are on Labor Day Monday, including, but certainly not limited to the parade, the car show, kids activities, and the Duck Dive.

Click here for the full schedule, in chronological order.

September 1, 2015 - 1:05 am - Posted in News

BoydeSCAT back 2012n, Iowa — Seven people were transported to hospitals as the result of an accident near Boyden on Monday morning, August 31st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:45 AM, 59-year-old Liela Moret of Boyden was driving a 2013 Buick Enclave southbound on Jefferson Avenue, a mile northwest of Boyden. Thirty-eight-year-old Nichole Bomgaars of Boyden was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Suburban eastbound on 310th Street.

The Sheriff’s Office says the vehicles met in the intersection with Bomgaars striking the Moret vehicle. After impact, both vehicles entered the southeast ditch where the Buick came to rest and the Chevrolet rolled into a farm field, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Bomgaars and five children inside the vehicle were transported by the Boyden Ambulance, Sheldon Ambulance and private vehicle to Sanford Sheldon Hospital. Moret was also transported by the Hull Ambulance to Sanford Sheldon.

The Buick sustained about $15,000 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained an estimated $20,000 in damages.

Bomgaars was cited on a charge of failure to obey yield sign and failure to secure child under 18 in vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Boyden Fire Department, the ambulance teams from Boyden, Sheldon, and Hull; and the Iowa State Patrol assisted on the scene.

September 1, 2015 - 12:45 am - Posted in News
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Photo thanks to Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

Hull, Iowa — A resident of a Hull nursing home died on Monday, August 31st when a pickup hit the building.

The Sioux County Sheriffs’ Office reports that about 2:10 PM, 72-year-old Kathleen Sohl of Hull was driving a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country minivan westbound on Railroad Street. Her husband, 77-year-old Lawrence Sohl was driving a 2012 Toyota Tacoma westbound on Railroad Street following her. For an unknown reason Lawrence struck the rear of the minivan about a half-block east of the intersection of Railroad and Brown Streets. He continued westbound on Railroad Street through the intersection and across a grass lawn, owned by the care center. Lawrence’s vehicle struck the care center and traveled through the rooms of two residents. It came to rest completely inside the building.

The collision killed 88-year-old Anna Dykstra, a resident of the care center, who was in her room at the time. No one was in the second room.

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Photo thanks to Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

Dykstra was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of her injuries. Lawrence Sohl was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance.

The Toyota sustained $20,000 damage. The Chrysler sustained $5,000 damage. The care center sustained $200,000 damage.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance, Sioux Center Ambulance and Iowa State Patrol.

The accident remains under investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

August 31, 2015 - 2:00 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Two people from Orange City were taken to the hospital after an accident in Orange City.
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The Orange City Police Department reports that about 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 27, 2015, 51-year-old Florence Rueter of Orange City was driving a 2009 Mazda westbound on Second Street Southwest. Seventy-nine year-old John Kaericher of Orange City was southbound on Arizona Avenue Southwest in a 2006 Pontiac.

The report says that Rueter did not yield the right of way to the Kaericher vehicle, and pulled out in front of it. The Kaericher Pontiac struck the Rueter Mazda and pushed it across the intersection, where the Rueter vehicle hit a light pole.

A private vehicle took Rueter to Orange City Area Health System Hospital.
The Orange City Ambulance took Kaericher to that hospital as well.

Rueter’s Mazda sustained $16,000 in damages, and Kaericher’s Pontiac sustained $10,000 in damages. Both cars were totaled. The light pole owned by the City of Orange City sustained $1000 in damages.

Rueter was charged with failure to yield to vehicle on the right.

August 30, 2015 - 2:26 am - Posted in News

Valley Springs, South Dakota — Law officers in three states are joining together for an enforcement project. This tri-state drunk driving education and enforcement campaign, which runs from now through September 7th, is part of the national campaign coordinated by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Officers from South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota are part of the enforcement campaign announced Friday at the Minnesota/South Dakota Rest Area and scale on I-90 near Valley Springs, S.D. The effort is focused around next weekend’s Labor Day holiday.

In Iowa it’s called “operating while intoxicated,” or OWI. In Minnesota it’s “driving while intoxicated,” or DWI. In South Dakota it’s “driving under the influence,” or DUI. Whatever you call it, it’s a big problem.  More than 36,000 drivers are arrested for drunk driving in the three states each year. In 2014, the Iowa State Patrol made 1,450 such arrests, South Dakota arrested 9,450 and in Minnesota more than 25,000 such arrests were made. In the last five years (2010-2014), 1,215 people have died in drunk driving-related traffic crashes in the three states, including 239 in 2014 alone.

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At the kick-off event, Brad Bigler, a survivor of a drunk driving crash that killed his five-month-old son, Dreke, shared his powerful story. The loss of a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver can have lifelong implications on the victims, their families and even the first responders. He says one decision can alter the lives of countless people.

In his part of the presentation, Nobles County Public Works director Steve Schnieder said that now is the time to make sure you don’t make the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking too much.

Captain Bruce Verdoes of the Minnesota State Patrol tells us why they brought the three states together for this effort.

He says the main goal is to cut down on serious injury accidents and fatalities.

Alan Welsh, Captain with the South Dakota Highway Patrol echos his Minnesota counterpart’s sentiments.

Trooper Vince Kurtz, safety officer with the Iowa State Patrol says that the Iowa State Patrol is glad to be participating in the tri-state effort.

Prevent Drunk Driving

  • Plan for a safe ride – designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
  • Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
  • Buckle up – the best defense against a drunk driver.
  • Report drunk driving – call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

The enhanced DWI enforcement campaign is a component of Minnesota’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program.

Click here for more on the Toward Zero Deaths program.

August 29, 2015 - 7:57 am - Posted in News

Family Leader LogoSioux Center, Iowa — A pair of Republican Presidential candidates will speak at the Family Leader’s Northwest Iowa Regional Summit this coming Tuesday at the Dordt College Campus Center in Sioux Center.

Family Leader President Bob Vander Plaats says the purpose of these summits is to introduce candidates to his organization’s base.

Vander Plaats tells us that Tuesday’s Northwest Iowa Regional Summit will have a somewhat more narrow focus, however.

He says that two Republican Presidential candidates, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum have committed to speaking at Tuesday’s event.

Vander Plaats says that, in addition to the two Presidential Candidates, former Senate Primary candidate Sam Clovis will also speak at the event.

He says that the Family Leader’s Northwest Iowa Regional Summit is a free event, but tickets will be required.


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The Family Leader is holding the Northwest Iowa Family Leadership Regional Summit in partnership with the Dordt College political science department.

For more information about The Family Leader, or the events, visit


August 26, 2015 - 9:41 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A major local employer is reportedly engaging in a large employee layoff today.

Sources tell KIWA that Dethmers Manufacturing in Boyden, better known as Demco, is laying off what is described as a “substantial” number of people.

We have, thus far, been unable to reach Demco officials for comment, but will bring you further information when it becomes available.

August 26, 2015 - 4:15 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — The only community health center in our area has received a grant of recognition.
Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center has been awarded $44,438 in federal funding to recognize its achievements in providing high-quality, comprehensive care.
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The Health Resources and Services Administration announced Tuesday that Promise was among 1,153 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and seven U.S. territories to receive $63.3 million in Health Center Quality Improvement Grants under the Affordable Care Act for fiscal year 2015-16.

The health centers receiving the grants are being recognized for high levels of performance in various categories. They will use the funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure and improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve.

Nancy Dykstra, executive director of Promise Community Health Center says that the award speaks to the hard work and quality work of their staff. She says that at Promise, they are serving more patients and demonstrating success with documented improvements in disease management, care of chronic illnesses, and reducing health disparities of their target population – individuals and families at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Promise was awarded $20,000 in the Access Enhancers Awards category for increasing the number of patients served between 2013 and 2014. Just two of the 14 community health centers in Iowa were recognized with that award. Nationwide, 340 health centers received about $9.7 million in the category.

Promise was awarded $15,000 in the Electronic Health Records Reporters Awards category for using EHRs to report clinical quality measure data on all of its patients. Nine health centers in Iowa were recognized with that award. Nationwide, 491 health centers received about $7.3 million in the category.

Promise was awarded $9,438 in the Clinical Quality Improver Awards category for demonstrating improvements in one or more clinical measures. All 14 community health centers in Iowa were recognized with that award. Nationwide, 993 health centers received about $19.7 million in the category.

HRSA acting administrator Jim Macrae says the grants award health centers that are achieving the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement.

“The awards will help health centers continue to provide comprehensive primary care to the nation’s most vulnerable communities,” Macrae said.

Promise is among more than 1,300 community health centers that provide care to nearly 23 million patients nationwide. For a list of Quality Improvement Awards recipients for fiscal year 2015-16, click here.